UNdata provides access to wide range of data on the human welfare. Either search or choose Datamarts to access individual data libraries such as Demographic Statistics Dataase (UNSD), FAOSTAT - Suite of Food Security Indicators (FAO), Gender Info (UNSD), Human Development Indices (UNDP), State of the World's Children (UNICEF), UNAIDS Data (UNAIDS), World Health Organization Data (WHO), and the UNHCR Statistical Database - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The Iowa State Data Center is a great place to search for Iowa-focused data on: employment/unemployment, health, housing, income, language, population, poverty, race.
Iowa data is reported at the state, county, or in some cases metropolitan area/city/town level.
State-by-state comparisons are available for many variable.
Data ranges often cover ten to fifteen year spans (e.g. from 2005 to 2016).
County Quick Facts provide population data from 1850 to 2017 as well as current data on age, characteristics of commute to work, disabilities, educational attainment, ethnicity/ancestry, gender, household size, income, occupation (by general category), poverty rates, race, unemployment rates, and veteran status for each county in Iowa.
City Quick Facts (same as above - but for hundreds of Iowa towns and cities).
Data.CDC.gov is the data repository for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data.CDC.gov provides a tremendous array of data across characteristics such as drug use and drug poisoning mortality, disabilities, injury, teen pregnancy, motor vehicle mortality, vaccinations and disease.
Data.CDC.gov can be searched by characteristic (e.g. drug poisoning), or by desired geographic characteristic (e.g. county). Data.CDC.gov data tables - which can be very large - can also be searched by specific location (e.g. Black Hawk County).
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is a commercial database that provides a wide range of demographic and economic national data.
State-by-state comparisons can be found by:
It is possible search earlier editions or all editions of this database (2013-2017) by changing the Select edition option on the first page of this database.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States were treasure troves of statistics (once made freely available by the U.S. Government).
Statistical Abstracts are still great one-stop resource for historic statistics - however - only some of the tables provide state-by-state information (some metropolitan area stats but data at the county level).